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Preserve Picnic Shelters


Lakewood: Shelter C


Shelter C at Lakewood Forest Preserve has a picturesque overlook of Banana Lake, one of four ponds stocked and managed for fishing. Tall mature oaks provide shade for your guests.

Guests may use the sand volleyball area located nearby, available on a first-come basis (bring your own equipment). Picnickers also have access to the preserve's hiking trails, including a connection to the Millennium Trail.

No amplified music or noise is permitted.

Note: water is not available from mid-October to May 1. When booking two shelters, use A and B. Shelter E is separate from the others.

To access this shelter, enter the preserve's main entrance on Route 176 (Liberty St) in Wauconda. Turn left at the first intersection, and bear left at the split to enter the parking lot for this shelter.

Maximum Capacity

250: Shelter and surrounding area
  72: Under the shelter roof

Permit Fees

Weekends and holidays (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day):
1-50 people Resident Nonresident
  $60 $120
For each additional group of 10 people add $8
Weekday and off-season reservations (after Labor Day through Friday before Memorial Day):
1-50 people Resident Nonresident
  $50 $100
For each additional group of 10 people add $7


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Rules and Regulations

  • Leash and pick up litter from pets.
  • Decorations permitted for events – use only tape and/or thumbtacks. You may put up signs directing people to your shelter. All decorations and signs must be removed when event is finished. Do not attach anything to Forest Preserve signs.
  • Please clean up shelter area before leaving.
  • Alcoholic beverages are permitted; must be 21 years of age. You may not consume any alcoholic beverage upon or within 100 feet of any parking area. Host liquor liability insurance is available but not mandatory.
  • Park only in lots.
  • Service roads are for unloading and loading only. Do not leave vehicles parked on service road. If you need use of the service road, please place a request for the gate to be dropped at the time you reserve the shelter.

(c) Kim Karpeles

Shelter Features:

Capacity: 250
Grills: 1
Picnic Tables: 33

Special Activities

Any vendors hired by the permit holder to provide special activities, including catering, must be licensed with the Lake County Forest Preserve District for the current year. Approved vendors for each special activity permitted at this shelter are listed in document below.

Licensed Vendors

Special activities allowed at this shelter are:
  • Catering
  • Moonwalk
  • Tent (Large)
  • Tent (Small)